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Landon Donovan and Hope Solo chosen Footballer of the Year

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Monday, 21 December 2009 21:38

Landon Donovan and Hope Solo chosen Footballer of the Year EE. UU.Landon Donovan and goalkeeper Hope Solo today were named Footballer of the Year, said the American Federation of that discipline (U.S. Soccer).

Donovan, 27, won recognition for the third time in his career, as he previously won in 2003 and 2004. Now tied with goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who was awarded in 1997, 1999 and 2005.

During the year, Donovan joined the U.S. team that finished second in the Federations Cup in South Africa, and which won the hexagonal qualifier for the World Championship 2010 in the African country.

American striker, winning MVP with Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS, scored 12 goals along the way and reached 35 World Cup appearances with the national uniform.

"It'sa great achievement and a big prize," said Donovan. "Knowing that I'm very proud I had the backing of the fans, my teammates and other colleagues. It is a very special recognition for me."

The goalkeeper only had great performances with the St. Louis Athletic Club, which ranked second in the American League and the national team at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, where he was recognized as MVP .

"Besides a great honor, was also a pleasant surprise," said Solo. "I want to thank everyone who voted for me and also to Coach Paul Rogers for helping to develop the thinking in the position."

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